Many people worry about their hair because it is one of the first things that people notice about a person. Depending on where you come from, hair length, texture, and even volume will vary. Some people say that it has something to do with genes while others just buff their manes and say that they’re lucky. If you are the sort of person who is proud of your hair, you may feel a twinge of concern when your hair starts looking good on your brush. Or maybe in your shower. When that happens, there’s no need to worry that you are losing your hair yet. Well, that is, unless you notice some of the symptoms below.
- Losing too much hair at once
One of the first signs of hair loss is that you start losing more hair than normal. The average person can expect to lose at least 100 hairs each time they brush or comb their hair. While you may not be able to count the number of hairs that you lose daily, you can at least estimate the size of the furry ball you get from dealing with your hair every day. When the size of the ball increases, you will notice. When the ‘ball’ becomes almost double the size that you’re used to, it is time to see a dermatologist.
- Losing a lot of hair for long periods
While losing more hairs per day may be an issue, it’s also good to put the hair loss in context. Losing at a lot of hair for one or two days may not be cause for concern. However, if the hair loss continues for an abnormally long time, usually past the three-month mark, seeing a dermatologist might not be such a bad idea.
- Abnormal seasonal hair loss
Another thing you should consider before worrying yourself about receding hairlines or thinning hairs is seasons. People tend to lose more hair in winter as hair loss in summer is slower. You lose less hair in summer because thicker hair is your body’s way of protecting you against the heat. The hair you didn’t lose in summer is lost during winter therefore losing a lot of hair is normal in the cold season.
A point to note is that changing diets to low-protein meals or losing a lot of weight quickly may lead to a bit of hair loss even in summer.
- Genetic Considerations
Hair loss, finally, might be something to worry about when you are a man or woman from a long line of people with nice thick hair but you’re losing yours. If hair is in the genetics, then this might be a sign that something is wrong. It could be that you’re stressed, so your hair falls off, the same way in some people it turns grey.
Similarly, losing hair and hair thinning at the same time is something you should look into. Typically, it indicates a problem with health. Sometimes age is another contributing factor.